Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Program Highlights


Our website is updated periodically, primarily in April for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.

Baika Workshop with Visiting Teacher from Japan

Sunday, June 12, 1:00-4:00 P.M

On Saturday June 12 we will host a special workshop on Baika, a form of Buddhist hymn singing developed by the Soto Zen school to express the depth and beauty of human life and of Buddhist teaching. This workshop, open to all, is being offered free of charge by the Soto Zen school in Japan.
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Yard Sale

Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Location: 4140 Xerxes Ave. S. in southwest Minneapolis (map)
This fundraiser for Compassionate Ocean invites donations of good quality items, including furniture, kitchenware, decorative items, toys, games, books, CDs and DVDs, and gently used clothing. Please avoid outdated electronics, and call in advance to discuss donations of especially heavy or bulky items. Please come to shop as well! Volunteers are also needed; please call the Center.

2016 Membership Campaign Now Under Way

You are invited to become a sustaining member of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center. Membership is encouraged for everyone who would like to support the continued life and development of the Center.
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For a Future to Be Possible Event

Climate Change

Potluck at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May 27, June 10, July 22
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 7- July 26.

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 9- July 28.

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 23.
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Buddhist Studies Course

Lovingkindness: The Practice of Opening the Heart

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:45 P.M., June 8 - July 27

Welcome Sessions

Sunday June 5
Friday, June 10

New people are always welcome at our Friday and Sunday morning gatherings.To provide a special welcome, welcome sessions that include an orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These are excellent opportunities to find out more about sangha gatherings if you are curious but haven't got around to coming.

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.

No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, June 13 and June 20, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
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Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Fri, June 17, 7pm – Sun, June 19, 1pm
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Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, July 16, 9:00-4:30

Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal This day will include sitting and walking meditation, yoga practice, body scan, and a Dharma talk. Includes vegetarian lunch. Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

Practice Period at Hokyoji

August 29-September 5
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Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
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Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M.
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